I'm pleased to say that I've received another icon commission, and as has been the pattern, with a new original journey of discovery.
I've been asked to write another icon for the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School in North Vancouver, BC.
This icon will be of the founder of the Sisters of the Child Jesus, Anne-Marie Martel. The Order has had a long connection to the school, and its convent was situated next door. In recent years, the school has expanded to include the Convent.
There is only one official portrait from to 1600s for Anne-Marie Martel, signed by the Bishop at the time, and which the Sisters Of The Child Jesus had found and embraced as the image of their founder. It isn't a refined portraiture but it is the only one that was painted almost immediately following her death. There were two other paintings of her at a later time but they both went to a stern religious format which has little bearing to the original signed by the Bishop. She is not known as Sister Anne-Marie Martel because "she died before knowing that she founded a religious congregation" (Sister Denece Billesberger). my task is to remain true to it, and hopefully bring it to a level which is pleasing to both the Order and St. Thomas Aquinas High School.